TEN QUESTIONS WITH PAT ALLEN
1. How long have you been dealing in antiques?
For fun, maybe 30 years? For profit 15 yrs... Long enough for me to have become an antique. (And a fine one the FP Team might add!)
2. How did you first get into the business?
While traveling in Europe I would find things for friends and designers. Eventually, I decided it might be fun to do this for profit instead of "just fun".
3. Tell us about a past life (we hear Pan Am might be on your resume...!)
I worked as a flight attendant for an airline, not Pan Am, that was before my time. In addition to having two children, I became a flight attendant and had the opportunity to travel all over. Even though I had travelled extensively with my husband and children before this job, it was a chance to spend extended "leisure-time" in Europe on my layovers. So I had the chance to really spend time going through the antique markets.
4. Do you have a favorite piece of furniture? Tell us about it.
Some of my favorite things are pieces I paid very little money. I have several paintings I purchased in Germany by a Russian artist that I just love. I used to take him American cigarettes. He lived in Weisbaden. It's a town known for its mineral baths. It's a beautiful little town. Also, some architectural items that have some nice memories attached while on a trip to Venice.
5. Who would be your ideal dinner party guest? (What a mix!)
Robert Adam, Andrea Palladio, Winston Churchill, Thomas Jefferson, Bunny Williams, Mark Hampton, David Easton and Jean Louis Deniot. For entertainment definitely Adrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman. Queen. Johnny Cash. Dolly Parton for fun.
6. Who is someone or something that you consider inspiring?
All the young designers that bring so many new ideas to the table. Inspiring.
7. If you could live in a certain period of time, when would it be?
8. What are five things you can't live without?
Very rich, robust coffee- am only. Cheese, seafood, flowers, and books.
9. Tell me something people would be surprised to learn about you.
I doubt anyone would be surprised at anything being the Leo that I am. However, I love quiet time with a good book.
10. What is a favorite place to eat/visit/drink/shop in Charleston?
The best meals are at home when the children are here. I can still put a fabulous meal together. Always more fun when there is a crowd. We have so many fabulous restaurants in Charleston. FIG is always a favorite. I love Mondo's Delight for pasta.